Crispy Duck Panang

Crispy Duck Panang

Crispy Duck Panang

We recently had an extraordinary dinner at their newly opened location in the Red Rock Casino…at what is widely agreed to be the best Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, Lotus of Siam.

Since 1999, Chef Saipin Chutima and her family have owned and operated this world-renowned restaurant. Chef Saipin’s cooking revolves around the Northern Thai recipes passed down from generations of her family. She received the coveted James Beard award for Southwest Region Chef in 2011.

Lotus of Siam’s 3rd location at Red Rock Casino Resort opened in November 2022, with Saipin’s daughter, Penny, at the helm. The design of the restaurant is casual yet breathtaking, and everything one would expect from a new Red Rock concept. Eater Vegas chose their Chiang Mai-inspired style as the Best Design of the Year.

The elevated food is obviously not your local hole-in-the-wall Thai menu (although there is nothing wrong with that!).  And the award-winning wine list and service are impeccable. We enjoyed a bottle of the lovely HeavenSake with our meal.

We shared several dishes – all excellent – some highlights included Chilean Sea Bass with Sweet & Sour Sauce, Penny’s Ceviche, Garlic Prawns, and of course the Crispy Duck Panang.

By the way, their base sauce recipes are a secret. Only three people know the recipes according to Chef Saipin in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Craving the exotic flavors of Lotus’s stellar dish, I set out to create my own version of Crispy Duck Panang.

Lotus of Siam, Red Rock Casino

Lotus of Siam, Red Rock Casino

Lotus of Siam, Red Rock Casino

Crispy Duck Panang Recipe

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Smoked Sablefish

Smoked Sablefish

Smoked Sablefish & Watermelon Radish
Masia El Altet Olive Oil
Capers, Lemon Zest, Red Onion, Beet Microgreens

Starting the New Year off with a deliciously vibrant and easy brunch! This super-delightful appetizer or brunch course is made with sliced smoked sablefish layered with crisp watermelon radish, dressed with the best olive oil.

It is garnished with capers, lemon zest, red onion, beet microgreens and a bit of fresh ground black pepper to finish. Served with a toasted poppy seed bagel on the side, the silky buttery fish is heavenly paired with the crunchy mildly-peppery radish.

Smoked Sablefish

Smoked Sablefish & Watermelon Radish Recipe

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Fire-Roasted Aguachile with Shrimp and Crab

Aguachile with Shrimp and Crab

Fire-Roasted Aguachile
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Spot Shrimp & Dungeness Crab
Roasted Corn, Avocado, Cucumber, Radish, Red Onion

Aguachile is just one of many styles of Mexican ceviche. Hailing from the State of Sinaloa, it is traditionally made with raw shrimp, cucumber, onion, lime juice, and chiles, and it is usually accompanied by avocado and tostadas. The name “chile-water” comes from the method of mashing chiles with water to make the salsa.

The inspiration for this aguachile recipe comes from an enchanting local restaurant here in Las Vegas – Hola Mexican Cocina + Cantina. They serve “Aguachile Shrimp & Crab Ceviche” where fire-roasted corn is added as one of the components.

With the best shrimp and crab in my freezer…I thought I would try my own version of Hola’s Aguachile Ceviche. And since I was already outside grilling the corn on the cob, I might as well blacken those jalapeños for the salsa too. Turns out it was my best aguachile yet!

Aguachile with Shrimp and Crab

With sweet-buttery succulent spot shrimp plus sweet-salty flavorful dungeness crab, this dish was bound to be a winner.

Fire-Roasted Aguachile Recipe

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Spicy Salmon with Shrimp Chips

Spicy Salmon with Shrimp Chips

Spicy Salmon with Shrimp Chips
Avocado Mash with Lemon, Sliced Jalapeños

This tasty snack was inspired by Nobu Restaurants’ “Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna” where fried sushi rice cubes are served with a little bowl of spicy tuna and light soy sauce on the side. A version of the Nobu recipe went viral a while back on TikTok with the addition of avocado and jalapeño.

The original authentic dish can be enjoyed at many of the over 50 Nobu Restaurants around the world including all three in Las Vegas – Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas Virgin Hotel.

With the remainder of a nice piece of sockeye salmon leftover from making an Aguachile de Salmón for my guests, I decided to make a quick snack paired with store-bought shrimp chips. These puffy-crisp chips are made from a dough of tapioca flour and ground shrimp. The dough is steamed, thinly sliced, dried, then fried. The result are crunchy little crackers full of umami flavor.

Topped with a tiny scoop of spicy salmon and/or avocado plus an optional jalapeño ring, these make a zippy one-bite snack bomb that is packed full of flavors, textures, and spice! And unlike the original dish which has many steps to prepare the fried sushi rice, this appetizer is quick and easy…

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NoMad Library – Not Your Average Chicken Dinner

NoMad Library, Las Vegas
NoMad's Roast Chicken

NoMad Library, Las Vegas

Dine among scholarly opulence…all the books on all the shelves are real, and you are encouraged to take them off the shelf to peruse…while sipping on your favorite beverage or waiting for your dinner courses to arrive.

NoMad Library, Las Vegas
NoMad Library, Las Vegas

Monday nights are for library dining. The NoMad Roast Chicken is offered as part of a generous three-course curated dinner for two for $100. And if that isn’t enough of a great value, Mondays also feature half price select bottles from the wine cellar. (not valid on holidays)

Note that this NoMad roast chicken recipe is not the same as the famous New York original developed a decade ago by Chef Daniel Humm stuffed with foie gras and black truffles. It’s not nearly as fancy, it’s more rustic – with chorizo, saffron rice, and mushrooms – but still really quite exceptional!

The NoMad Library is a soaring space, inspired by the iconic Library of NoMad New York. NoMad is named for the neighborhood NOrth of MADison Square Park. The robust Las Vegas menu celebrates American classics in a grand and continental way. In addition to the chicken, another Specialty of the House for Two is an American Wagyu Prime Rib rubbed with porcini and black garlic.

Situated on the top four floors (29 through 32) of the former Monte Carlo Casino Resort building, the NoMad Hotel shares the space with its sister property, the Park MGM Las Vegas.

From the beautiful, luxurious ambience – to the impeccable, genial yet professional service – to the impressive dishes that well exceeded our expectations for a humble chicken dinner – the entire experience was fun, cool, and accessible. And those fabulous popovers were an outstanding surprise to boot!

NoMad Library Chicken Dinner – For Two $100
Gruyere Popovers

unsalted butter

Truffled Deviled Eggs

crispy chicken skin & chive oil

The Roast Chicken

stuffed with lemon, rosemary, parmesan & brioche
served with chorizo, saffron rice & mushrooms

Chocolate

malted-milk ganache with chocolate fondant & malt ice cream

NoMad Library Dinner

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